Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) has this lead story:
Fox News has the most trusted network and cable news coverage in the United States, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. But network TV is much less trustworthy than it was in the days of Walter Cronkite, American voters say.
In comparison rankings, 29 percent responded that they trust Fox News the most. CNN follows with 22 percent, CBS News and NBC News are at 10 percent, ABC News at 8 percent and MSNBC at 7 percent.
And while some might find this alarming, I am reminded that right before the fall of the Soviet Union, Pravda had similar approval ratings. It’s Baghdad Bob revisited.
That Brian Williams is disappeared in shame from NBC and History’s Greatest Reporter Bill-O (on Fox) continues to have fab rating for lying to people in their face seems like asymmetrical truthiness warfare at first, but this article on Raw Story over the weekend offers us a glimpse inside the BS Mountain that is Fox News. Ex-Fox News host Eric Burns said:
“The extreme right… they never had their own television station. When they got one, their appreciation, their audience loyalty — and I know what the audience loyalty was like when I was there — their audience loyalty soared. And so O’Reilly as the head of the cult is not held to the same standards as Brian Williams.”
“No one expects much out of O’Reilly as a Fox News host,” Burns continued. “No one expects the truth. He’s been caught in numerous lies, and those have never been a story.”
“To the Fox News cult, this kind of thing doesn’t matter. It’s a lie from the liberal media.”
So an ex-Fox guy says that the viewership is a cult (not Fox itself, and I think that is an important distinction), and as we’ve all said here for a long time, the objective truth doesn’t matter to Wingnuttia, Y’all Qaeda, and the Confederacy. These are terrified shut-ins who want their worst fears confirmed, their prejudices praised as brilliant insight, and their absolute dogmatic beliefs endorsed. And Fox News delivers. Right to their bunker.